Corney Drew's Hornpipe
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CORNEY DREW'S HORNPIPE (Crannciuil Crotuir Uí Draeda). AKA and see "Dwyer's Hornpipe (2)" "Fitzgerald's Hornpipe (2)," "Teresa Halpin's Reel." Irish, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (O'Neill): AA'BB' (Breathnach). This tune is associated with the blind Irish fiddle master Corney Drew, of the Sliabh Luachra region of the Cork/Kerry border. Caoimhin Mac Aoidh remarks that there is "strong evidence" that Drew learned from a fiddle player named O'Grady who moved to the region from Tipperary. Drew in turn influenced area musicians Din Tarrant and Tadhg "an asal" Buckley, who all played a "house dance" style, less ornamented with less slurring than the other famous Sliabh Luachra style typified by fiddler Pádriag O'Keeffe (1887-1963) and his students Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. Donal Hickey, however, in his book on Sliabh Luachra musicians Stone Mad for Music, suggests O'Keeffe was much influenced, albeit indirectly, by Drew. Pádriag's mother was Margaret O'Callaghan, from Doon, Kiskeam, Cork, and it was from her family that he inherited much of his music. Margaret's brother Cal was an excellent fiddler and greatly influenced the young O'Keeffe. The O'Callaghans, says Hickey, got much of their music from Corney Drew, "and unusual tunes which Pádriag played in later life came from Drew, who had inherited music from the late 18th and early 19th centuries."
The alternate title "Fitzgerald's Hornpipe," by which title the melody appears in the music manuscripts of Church of Ireland cleric James Goodman (1828-1894), may refer (remarks Paul de Grae) to William Fitzgerald of Conrea, Ballydesmond. Fitzgerald was a travelling fiddle master and a contemporary of Corney Drew, who wrote a music manuscript dating from 1866, after which he emigrated to America and was lost to history. His manuscript survived in Ireland, however (Dan Herlihy has a copy, Paul says). See also P.W. Joyce's variant "Dwyer's Hornpipe (1)" and Frank Roche's "Teresa Halpin's Reel."